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Two years ago, the state’s public defender system was in dire shape. The number of lawyers had dropped by roughly 60 since 2008, a 14 percent reduction. Consequently attorneys were handling nearly twice as many cases as recommended by the American Bar Association.

Public defenders seek 14 percent budget increase

Two years ago, the state’s public defender system was in dire shape. The number of lawyers had dropped by roughly 60 since 2008, a 14 percent reduction. Consequently attorneys were handling nearly twice as many cases as recommended by the American Bar Association.

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